On This Day

What Happened on May 19, 1864

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Battle of Port Walthall Junction, Virginia (Bermuda Hundred)
  • Last engagement in series of battles known as Spotsylvania
  • Skirmish at Cassville, Georgia

Famous Birthdays

  • Carl Ethan Akeley, American naturalist, devoleped animal mount process

Famous Deaths

Person of interestNathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne, American writer (The Scarlet Letter), dies at 59